Advertisement

African Archaeological Review

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 59–62 | Cite as

Henry Wright, Early State Formation in Central Madagascar: An Archaeological Survey of Western Avaradrano

University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, Memoirs of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • William Griffin
Book Review

The book Early State Formation in Central Madagascar: An Archaeological Survey of Western Avaradrano is the culmination of decades of research in the central highlands of Madagascar. The book was written primarily by Henry T. Wright (p. 6), along with fourteen other contributors, and is based on archaeological fieldwork carried out from 1975 to 1996, northeast of the modern capital of Antananarivo. The fieldwork was predominantly surface surveys, complemented by test excavations and specialist studies. Hence the book reads as a survey equivalent of a major site’s final excavation report. Beyond those interested specifically in the archaeology of Madagascar, or the archaeology of Africa or the Indian Ocean, scholars will find this work a useful demonstration of the power of regional surveys in archaeology and a detailed case study in the processes of archaic state formation. I agree with Jean-Aimé Rakotoarisoa who states in the Forewordthat this monograph will be an important model...

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologySt. Charles Community CollegeCottlevilleUSA

Personalised recommendations